121 non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers grad­u­ate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Chron­i­cle Re­porter

WOMEN have been ap­plauded for set­ting an ex­am­ple and break­ing bar­ri­ers in the mil­i­tary.

Speak­ing at a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of 121 non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers at the School of Mil­i­tary Po­lice in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day, the Direc­tor of Fi­nance, Colonel Al­bert Malamo, said he was proud to see women chal­leng­ing their male coun­ter­parts. Eight of the grad­uands were fe­male. “The fact that they are grad­u­at­ing to­day shows strides that women have made in break­ing bar­ri­ers in this male dom­i­nated pro­fes­sion. In line with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s gen­der pol­icy, let me say well done for your ef­forts. May ev­ery­one know that suc­cess is never de­fined by or de­ter­mined by gen­der. It is a re­sult of hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and loy­alty. Keep ap­ply­ing your­selves fully in all your en­deav­ours and prove that males and fe­males have the same ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Col Malamo.

The Colonel praised 12 Namib­ian of­fi­cers who were part of the grad­uands.

“I hope you en­joyed your stay in Zim­babwe and you have seen for your­selves that this is a peace­ful na­tion un­like neg­a­tive in­for­ma­tion be­ing spread by hos­tile coun­tries and on so­cial me­dia. The train­ing ex­change pro­gramme be­tween our coun­try and Namibia con­tin­ues to demon­strate the ever in­creas­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two de­fence forces. I have no doubt that the train­ing at­tained here will go a long way in en­hanc­ing your polic­ing skills”, he said.

The non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers com­pleted six cour­ses, namely: provost se­nior non com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers, provost se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tions, ba­sic mar­tial arts, mil­i­tary po­lice records and main­tenance, white col­lar crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the reg­i­men­tal po­lice.

Grad­uands were drawn from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army, Air Force of Zim­babwe, ZRP, Zim­babwe Prison and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and stu­dents from Namibia De­fence Forces Mil­i­tary Po­lice.

The train­ing pro­gramme com­menced on July 18 this year.

Col Malamo said: “Re­mem­ber you are the eyes and ears for the com­man­der so you are urged to up­hold your stan­dards of mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline in what­ever duty as­signed to you.

‘‘The knowl­edge you have gained will en­able you to su­per­vise provost per­son­nel and ad­min­is­ter dis­ci­pline in your var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.” @tan­nytkay.

Direc­tor Fi­nance Al­bert Malamo (left) hands over a gift to best al­lied stu­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion Staff Sgt Haikela of the Namib­ian spe­cial forces Provost dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion pa­rade at the School of Mil­i­tary Po­lice at HQ1 Bri­gade yes­ter­day

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